Welcome to the website of the Sandgate Brighton Catholic Parish. We are pleased that you have taken the time to find out a little more about our community.
Our parish boundary stretches from Brighton, through Sandgate and Shorncliffe to Deagon, however all are welcome within our community and we are blessed with parishioners from a number of neighbouring suburbs. Within our parish we give thanks and celebrate our two beautiful sister churches – Sacred Heart Church at Sandgate and Church of the Real Presence at Brighton. Both have a rich and proud history and provide us with the platform, the framework of faith to further the mission of Christ.
At Sandgate and Brighton we are blessed with two thriving catholic primary schools, Sacred Heart at Sandgate and St Kieran’s at Brighton. St Patrick’s College at Shorncliffe is also located within our parish and provides education for boys from Year 5 to 12.
In our Advent journey we are on the second Sunday of Advent. As a family of God’s people, we continue to move in the hope of receiving the fulfilment of God’s promise through our ancestors in faith. Hence, this Sunday the church reminds us that while we are sustained by the great hope of the Lord’s coming, we have to pay heed to the voice of the one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his path straight.” One thing common to all the readings of this Sunday is that they are all anchored on the prophecy of Isaiah about the Messiah.
In the first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, emphasizes that, through his Son, God does all the saving. In order to be saved we need to cooperate with works of God and shall be filled with the spirit of God. That is why John the Baptist, in this weekend’s Gospel, summons us to play our essential part – leading lives of repentance, conversion, and renewal and thus preparing the way for the Lord’s second coming. We continue this process by preparing for the celebration of Christmas, the Lord’s first coming.
The fact of the appearance of John the Baptist is also a message of hope that the coming of the Messiah is near. However, brings a very important message to us: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near!” This message of John underscores the importance of this season. It is a time of not just for material preparation. Rather, it is a time of deep reflection on the mystery that God is about to reveal to the world. It is a time of cleaning up and levelling the rough edges of our lives with the hope of receiving our Lord in a wonderful state of mind and body. It is a reminder for us that: “Without Holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb 12, 14).
Therefore, let us rid ourselves of everything that will hinder us from receiving Christ this season. In light of this, the church encourages us to take advantage of the sacrament of reconciliation to prepare ourselves to receive our Lord and King.
Next Anointing Mass: Saturday 3 December (No Anointing Mass in November)
Program offered on the 1st weekend of each month (not in School Holidays)
Saturday – 5.30pm Brighton Church or
Sunday – 9am Sandgate Church
Next program: 3/4 December
All children welcome!
Sacramental Program 2022-2024
Sacrament of 1st Holy Eucharist – Expressions of Interest forms, which were provided to Confirmation families in September 2022, are due by March 2023. Enrolment in this next part of the program will be offered to families familiar in the parish worshipping community. Families who have returned an Expression of Interest form will be invited to a personal meeting before a decision is made whether their child is ready to progress to 1st Holy Eucharist in 2023.
Last 2nd Rite Reconciliation before Christmas – Saturday December 10 – 4.30pm Brighton Church
1st Rite of Reconciliation (Sandgate) offered before Christmas – 11.30am on Saturday 3 December, Saturday 10 December, Saturday 17 December. Extra 1st Rite is offered on Friday 23 December 6pm – 7pm and Saturday 24 December 9am – 10am
Christmas Vigil Mass (Childrens’ Mass) – 5.30pm Brighton
Christmas Vigil (music led by Filipino Community) – 7.30pm Sandgate
Midnight Mass (Carols from 11.30pm) – Sandgate
Christmas Day – 7.00am Brighton and 9am Sandgate. No 5pm Mass at Sandgate on Christmas Day
Ministries at our Parish
We have a range of ministries at our Parish and we are always looking for volunteers to join us.